Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Questions (158)

Brendan Griffin


158. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he is concerned that Ballinskelligs Castle, County Kerry may be washed into the sea; if he will act on my previous correspondence to initiate a multi-agency approach to safeguard the castle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15680/14]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I understand that the main threat to Ballinskelligs Castle, which is not a national monument in State care, is coastal erosion. Overall policy for coastal protection, including coastal flooding and erosion, is a matter for the Office of Public Works, while the identification and addressing of coastal protection measures in any particular area is a matter in the first instance for the relevant local authority concerned. My Department would be available to offer advice should any proposals for protection works be brought forward.